Eucalyptus cinerea. ARGYLE APPLE, MEALY STRINGYBARK. Victoria, New South Wales
Covered with silvery blue foliage, this tree stands out
in campus landscapes and attracts people looking for cut foliage for indoor use.
Specimens may be seen on Stanford Avenue where Peter Coutts Road connects; on
the south side of Bowdoin opposite Rains Houses; at 836 Santa Fe Avenue; and on
Campus Drive East between Escondido Road and Serra Street. Some of these trees
have a few mature leaves up at the top but most are covered by paired lanceolate
leaves and paired, roundish, juvenile leaves. If you need to explain to somebody
the difference between juvenile, intermediate, and mature leaves, take them to
a mealy stringybark; December is a good time, a few new flowers are pushing their
bud caps off and new leaf buds are revealing their interesting geometry.
MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)
Although eucalyptus leaves are usually described as alternate, you can find branchlets with intermediate foliage where the earlier leaves are opposite, or paired, and there follows a progressive separation of the leaves of a pair as new leaf buds developed on the branchlet. As the eye moves to the tip of the branchlet, opposite is seen to have changed to alternate.
Illustration top right: buds, 9/9/05; inflorescence is of three flowers on a short stalk (peduncle), ca. 5 mm long. Compare with maturing fruit (left), operculum have fallen off.
Other campus Eucalypts
E. acaciiformis | E. aggregata | E. albens | E. albida | E. blakelyi | E. botryoides | E. botryoides hybrid | E. bridgesiana | E. caesia | E. camaldulensis | E. cinerea | E. citriodora | E. cladocalyx | E. conferruminata | E. cornuta | E. crebra | E. cypellocarpa | E. diversicolor | E. dundasii | E. dwyeri | E. erythronema | E. ficifolia | E. globulus | E. goniocalyx | E. gunnii | E. intertexta | E. kruseana | E. laeliae | E. lehmannii | E. leucoxylon | E. linearis | E. loxophleba | E. macarthurii | E. macrandra | E. maculosa | E. mannifera | E. megacornuta | E. melliodora | E. morrisbyi | E. nicholii | Eucalyptus Notes | E. ochrophloia | E. oleosa ssp. oleosa | E. paniculata | E. parvifolia | E. parvula | E. patens | E. pauciflora | E. pellita | E. platypus | E. polyanthemos | E. pulchella | E. pulverulenta | E. punctata | E. redunca | E. resinifera | E. robusta | E. rudis | E. salubris | E. sideroxylon | E. squamosa | E. stellulata | E. urnigera | E. viminalis | E. viridis
Illustrations (links open new windows): galleryAdditions/Revisions:
Name derivation, genus | species: well covered |Related material: Eucalyptus checklist